Dog Bites and Insurance Coverage

Posted by the Charleston Dog Bite Lawyers at Anderson & Schuster, Attorneys at Law, LLC.  If you have been injured by a dog bite or attack, you may have a claim against the pet owner to recover damages caused by the bite or attack.  These damages may include money to cover medical bills, money to compensate you for any scarring or permanent disfigurement, and any other form of damages that you may have experienced that resulted from the bite or attack.  Call our Charleston dog bite attorneys to discuss your possible claims free of charge.

South Carolina is home to more than a million dogs. Across the country, around 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and about one in five of those requires medical attention, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

In South Carolina, a dog owner is held liable for a bite unless the person bitten provoked the dog or trespassed on the owner’s property. Homeowners and renters insurance policies typically cover dog bite liability. Most policies provide $100,000 to $300,000 in liability coverage. Any award for damages above the policy limit must be paid by the dog owner. About one-third of homeowner's insurance policy claims are due to dog bites and attacks.

However, more and more insurance companies are starting to exclude dog bite coverage.  Some policies exclude only dog bites from certain "agressive" breeds, while others exclude all breeds from coverage.  As both a dog and home owner, it pays to pay attention. Dog bites can be very costly, and with no insurance coverage your assets are at risk. Dog bite claims average about $30,000. Make sure your homeowners policy gives you protection, or look for a secondary policy to fill the gap in coverage.

Charleston Dog Bite Attorneys

If you or a loved one is a victim of a dog bite or attack, our Charleston Dog Attack Lawyers may be able to help. If you have been injured by a dog bite in Charleston, North CharlestonMount PleasantSummervilleGoose Creek,HanahanJames Island or the surrounding areas, give our dog bite attorneys a call today to discuss your dog bite case free of charge.